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Barry's Form Suffering?

Barry's Form Suffering?

Fabio Heskey Capello believes the Liverpool saga has caused a dip in Gareth Barry's form.

Speaking to the press after England's disasterous performance against the Czech Republic, the brainiac in charge said:

'At the moment the Liverpool situation means he is not at his best. That is my opinion.'

And it's an opinion he's fully entitled to. Just like my opinion is he's talking out his Italy.

Afterall, can anyone seriously listen to a man who brings back Emile Heskey, plays the serial underperformer Gerrard on th left of midfield, persists with Fatty Frank in the middle, continues to select Defoe, Woodgate, even Matthew 'I'm not injured today boss' Upson was in the squad.

Speaking on the official site, Martin O'Neill rubbished the claims.

He didn't really need to bother considering we've all seen Gareth's performances against FH and Man City. Maybe Capello would have a different opinion if Barry had scored against Man City. Then again this is the Capello who left Gabby and Ash out so maybe his perception of players is really that different.

Maybe he'd have a different opinion if he'd picked a decent England side for the Czech game, maybe then Barry wouldn't have looked so bad. It's not easy to shine when you are performing alongside amatuers against 11 professionals.

Anyway, O'Neill said:

'He's our player and he's played exceptionally well in the last couple of games for us.

'Personally speaking, that's the most important thing for Aston Villa and our supporters. We're delighted with his commitment and we would be delighted if he stayed.'

Exactly. Well done Capello, in 5 games you've managed to turn into every other England manager we've had. For £6 million I thought he'd be unique or at least last more than 5 games before picking the standard dross.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday August 22 2008
Time: 4:29PM


When Capello says "'At the moment the Liverpool situation means he is not at his best. That is my opinion." I think that he is referring to Gerrard and it has got mixed up in translation!!!
pongo wearing
22/08/2008 16:40:00
How many work places (or dole offices in scouseland) had the same debate Thursday morning I wonder??
Stourbridge Villan
22/08/2008 16:44:00
the trouble is we are so out of patience now with england. as soon as i saw ashley young was not in the squad i could just not believe it. absolute insanity. and i instantly lost all faith in mr capello. then he plays lampard - who clearly doesn't fit into the team. gerrard on the left - are you mad?!? oh and of course downing is far better than our ashley isn't he?!? heskey? christ! there was not even method in his madness. so so cheesed off with england its not true. villa would seriously destroy england. wigan could teach em a lesson.
22/08/2008 16:49:00
Gotta agree with ric112 above, Ashley is probably the only English player at the moment that puts the fear of god up defences, pace, the ability to go either way, crossing etc etc. Zola only got 35 caps for Italy, guess this type of player does'nt fit into the coaching mentality over there!
Stourbridge Villan
22/08/2008 16:58:00
Well everyone is entitled to their opinion! Only, I cant imagine anyone else shares it. Anyway, he probably meant the opposite, how can we take someone who didn't think Gerrard was playing on the left, who WAS clearly playing in the left!
22/08/2008 17:23:00
Total nonsense from Capello, No drop in form for Barry, certainly not when he's wearing the claret and blue. Anyway, from my humble viewpoint, Barry was no worse than any other England player out there, and better than most.
22/08/2008 18:44:00
If Barry was so out of sorts, why (a) play him, or (b), why not haul him off? Capello made enough substitutions, but left Barry out there. Dont make sense to me.
22/08/2008 18:46:00
I`m sick of hearing about gareth barry,Young scores a wonder goal against odense and all they talk about is barry coming on as a sub,Gabby scores a hat trick and what do they highlight on match of the day and on sky?A simple cross and pass from gareth barry and then make out he was the main man against city when he was infact way off the pace on sunday.Now all of a sudden he is singled out for playing his normal ordinary game for england. I hope he leaves he doesn`t want to be at villa and i am sick of hearing about him.
22/08/2008 18:48:00
I'm with you on this one Glensider, Capello was simply making excuses for his own failings against the Czechs. If Barry is as shows the same "poor" form against Stoke that he did against Man City I'll be a very happy man!
22/08/2008 19:13:00
I blame Steven Gerrard for all this, and until the transfer window is firmly shut I always will. I have never seen a drop in form by Barry while wearing the villa colours but even him must be sick and tired of all this am I moving or not business!
22/08/2008 19:15:00
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